WHITING | The Whiting Public Library is one of four Indiana libraries receiving grants to help mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
Each library will receive $1,500 to conduct a five-program series - Making Sense of the American Civil War reading and discussion initiative. Plans include presentations by scholars, book discussions and additional programs on the Civil War including a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln.
The books for the discussions, will be provided free of charge to the first 25 participants, include "March" by Geraldine Brooks, "Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam" by James McPherson and "America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries," a new anthology edited by Edward L. Ayers. Indiana Humanities awarded the grants, which are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association.
Other public libraries participating are in Marion, Shelbyville-Shelby County and the Eckhart Public Library in Auburn. The four libraries were chosen through an application process based on geographic distribution and quality of plans for the program. The series will begin in February and run throughout 2012.
If you are interested in participating in this exciting program please contact Tony at the Whiting Public Library 219-659-0269 x10.